RCU has been providing and developing research and consultancy for the education and training sector since 1987 and has established a national reputation for data analysis and the development of strategic recommendations.
RCU was set up in its current format by a consortium of colleges in 1993, at the time of FE incorporation, in order to provide a specialist research facility for the sector. The client base quickly spread both geographically and in terms of client type.
In 2001 RCU was set up as a free-standing company owned by its staff. In 2014 the company moved to its current location at Preston Riversway.